Saving water inside the home

Did you know the average tap flows at a rate of up to 20 litres per minute? Multiply that by the number of times we turn on taps in our kitchens, bathrooms and laundries, and the litres can cascade!

Follow these simple tips to use water wisely inside your home…

Minimise running water

    • Use your water meter to check for leaks. Turn off all taps before you go to bed one night and take a meter reading. Check your meter the next morning before any water is used. If the meter reading has advanced and no-one has used any water during the night, it’s likely you have a leaking pipe, tap or toilet cistern. Locate the problem and repair it.
    • Turn taps off properly and fix dripping taps as soon as you notice them. While you’re locating the spanner, capture that dripping water for your garden or indoor plants. A dripping tap can use up to 600 litres of water each day. Regularly check washers for wear and replace when needed.
    • Fix leaking toilets. A continuously running toilet can waste more than 200 kilolitres (20,000 litres), of water per year. To check for leaks, put a little food colouring in the cistern. If, without flushing, the colouring begins to appear in the bowl, the cistern needs to be repaired as soon as possible.

In the bathroom

    • Use the half flush to save over 30,000 litres per year. If your toilet isn’t dual flush, consider putting a brick into the cistern to reduce the amount of water used each flush.
    • Capture cold water from your tap when running the shower, bath or sink. Put the collected water in a jug and refrigerate, so you won’t need to run your tap each time you need a drink.
    • Set the timer for a 5 minute shower. If you’ve got littlies - consider sharing your shower with them to halve the water you use
    • Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth. This supports the Australian Dental Association’s recommendation to brush teeth for two minutes morning and night, and spit rather than rinse out toothpaste, for longer-lasting protection.
    • Install a water-saving shower rose or flow restrictor. Many showers use 20 litres of water per minute, when 10 litres per minute is sufficient.
    • Fill the sink with a little water when shaving instead of rinsing your razor under a running tap.

In the laundry  

  • Wait until you have a full load of laundry. Each load costs you nearly $1.00 in water, energy, detergent and machine wear costs - so make the most of every load.  You could even consider a front loading washing machine, these use far less water than a top loading machine.

In the kitchen

  • Don’t rinse dishes under a running tap. If you need to rinse, fill your second sink with rinsing water. If you have only one sink, stack washed dishes in a rack and rinse them with a pan of hot water.
  • Wait until you have a fully loaded dishwasher. Each load costs you nearly $1.00 in water, energy, detergent and machine wear costs - so make the most of every load.
  • Capture cold water from your tap when running the shower, bath or sink. Put the collected water in a jug and refrigerate, so you won’t need to run your tap each time you need a drink.
  • Install aerating taps. These are inexpensive and can reduce water flow by 50%.
  • Buy new appliances thoughtfully, be sure they have a high water conservation rating.